Leo Baeck Institute Archives: Box Inventory List Date Created: 5/29/2003 Call Number Collection Titles No. Folders AR 251 30 Elliott Feiden Family Collection » Box 1 Folder List Folder 1: Peretz Cypres • 1. Family Tree , ... „ . . • 2. Letter (Yiddish) to daughter Pepi after she left Krakow for America with the baby • 3. Letter to Jonas Anisfeld in New York re: sale of a string of pearls for the benefit of daughter Pepi. 4 Postcard (very fragile) (Yiddish) shortly before his death 5. 1907 Krakow Houseowners 1 Directory listing 10 Stradom St. owned by Cypres family. • Folder 2: Pepi and Emil Elias • 1 . Letter (Yiddish) from Emil to his mother and to his bride, Adrianapol, October r, 1889 2 Letter (Yiddish) from Emil to his bride Pepi, Adrianapol, October 25, 1889. 3. Telegrams of congratulation on their wedding at the Hotel Steinberg, Krakow, probably December 1888. • 4. Ship's manifest of S.S. Meier arriving January 9, 1893 with Pep. Elias and brother Michael, sister Malcia and baby Minde. , _. ûm . r . 5. Two letters addressed to Collector of the Port re: arrival of S. S. Meier, December 1892. 6 Ocean letter from Percy Elias to his mother (undated) 7. Ketuba for marriage of Minde Elias to Philip Feiden, March 17, 1918 8. Excerpt from 1920 census. 9 Label for Passover wine from E. Elias distillery in Colchester, CT. 10. 1920 transmittal of money from Emil and Bernard Elias to Debora Blumenfeld in Cialicia 11 Purchase order of tombstone for Emil Elias, July 21, 1921 12. Obituary for Peter Elias (son of Percy), noted Theorist of Information and Computers. 13. Passports for Ester Gittel Cypres and Emil Elias 1889 14. Travel document for Emil Elias for Bulgaria (OS 80) Folder 3: AUGUSTE LANDAU (Cypres) 1 . Photo of Auguste Landau • 2 August 5 1920 - Letter to brother Michael depicting how she supported her children during WW1 by doing sewing for the German army, (see attachment from Liberty Memorial Museum, Kansas City, MO) • 3. September 27, 1921 - letter to brother Michael re: engagement of daughter Mala and studies of son Paul o ör i!o • 4. December 3, 1922 - Letter to sister Pepi describing the hardships of living in Berlin • 5 February 9 1 923 - Letter to brother Nathan - birth and sickness of a new grandchild and'how they dealt with it. Son Paul had to give up his studies for lack of money and hyper-inflation . 6. Banknote for ten thousand marks, (engraver was jailed for depicting a vampire sucking the life blood out of the German people) . 7 April 15 1930 - Letter to brother Michael and sister Pepi re: family matters. . 8 September 6, 1931 - Letter to all siblings re: family matters, financial matters concerning the sale of the house on 10 Stradom St. in Cracow 9 1939 Jewish and Minority census 10. Correspondence with Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv, Potsdam, in attempt to trace the fate of Auguste and Paul Landau. Folder 4: BERNHARD CYPRES 1 November 26, 191 1 - Letter to sister Pepi re: family matters and sale of the house Leo Baeck Institute Archives: Box Inventory List Date Created: 5/29/2003 in Cracow. • 2. March 27, 1912 - letter to sister Pepi re: family matters • 3. October 3, 1913 - Letter to sister Pepi - Rosh ha shana greetings • 4. June 11, 1 91 8 - letter to brother Michael reporting on the family and their great difficulties, healthwise and financially with the enormous increase in prices. • Folder 5: ADELA SPIRA (Cypres) • 1. July 1919 - Letter to brother Michael depicting life in Poland during the war and all the deprivations and poverty they have to endure. • 2. May 1921 - Letter to sister Pepi dealing with sickness and hardships. Her son in America does not help his mother. • 3. August 1924 - letter to sister Pepi re: rental income from the house and family matters. • 4. December 1925 - Letter to siblings re: financial difficulties for everyone. Not enough contact between the siblings and none with her son which is very sad. • 5. May 1928 - Letter to brother Michael. Family matters • Folder 6: AMALIA BÜRSTENBINDER (Cypres) • 1. August 1907 - letter to all siblings. Family news • 2. June 1927 - letter to brother Michael and sister Pepi re: engagement of daughter and other family matters. Financial difficulties in Berlin • 3. September 1928 - Letter to sister Pepi. Birth of a grandchild and other family news • 4. Undated letter to sister Pepi. Family news and the death of bother Bernhard. • Folder 7: HELENA STORCH (Cypres) • 1. February 1909 - unaddressed (probably to sister Pepi) re: money quarrels about the house in Cracow. • 2. October 1913 - Letter to sister Pepi re: family matters and greetings for the New Year. • 3. December 1925 - letter from nephew Bernhard pleading for a loan to prevent foreclosure on the parents' property • 4. Undated probably after the death of the husband • Folder 8: JACOB BIRNBAUM • Ship's record and obituary for Jacob Birnbaum, victim of the Titanic disaster. • Folder 9: MISCELLANEOUS • Miscellaneous correspondence. Financial statements regarding the house in Cracow Box Size 0.25 linear feet Feet 1 Collection(s); 9 Folder(s); 0.25 linear feet Feet. Inv-ID# 4701 THESE WERE THE IMMIGRANTS In 1 889 Emil Elias married Pepi Cypres in Cracow. He was 34, she was 23. Soon thereafter, the young couple left Poland for America. It was said that Ernd was m an illegal business. He traveled extensively throughout the Middle East selling religious items The couple lived in New York when Pep. became pregnant. She returned alone to Cracow sometime in 1 891 to have her baby in the family home, as was the custom at that time In December 1 892, Pepi returned to New York on the maiden voyage of the SS Meier and sailed into New York harbor on January 9, 1893 accompanied by her one year old daughter Minde (Minna), her younger brother Michael, younger aster Malcia and a twelve year old girl from the Elias family. We have no further records on her. In New York, Pepi and Emil set up housekeeping first at 1 14 Willet Street, later at 612 East 9th Street, where Emil ran a coal and seltzer business. To accommodate his horse and wagon, Emil had a cutout made in the curb, which exists today although the present tenant probably has no idea why. As there was no need for coal in the summer, Emil moved his horses by barge up to Connecticut and eventually worked the land, as did many immigrants under a program set up by Baron de Hirsch. There were many fruit trees on the farm and Emil had a i winery where he made kosher wine in Colchester, CT. It was here that Minna met her future husband Phillip Feiden. We next find the family resettled in New York at 423 East 158th Street in the Bronx this time in real estate. There are now three children, Minna, Nathaniel and Percy. As they matured, all had an American entrepreneunal bent. In the 1930*. M.nna founded and operated a chain of lending libraries located in small towns in the Hudson Valley. Nathaniel, after graduating from Columbia University with a Chemical Engineering degree, worked for Thomas Edison in his Edison New Jersey laboratory. He later established his own laboratory in New York City and became a well-known chemical engineer. He testified as an expert at the Nuerenberg War Crimes trials Percy also graduated from Columbia where he majored in journalism. He established a New York Publishing house named "Emerson Books" and ran Emerson until he died in the 1960 s. In 1921, after finishing college, Percy visited his mother's various siblings who were now Lg in Germany where it was a penod of runaway inflat.on. He had little money when he arrived but what he had went far. He worked on the ship for his fare. We have an ocean letter from him when on the SS Seydlitz. In 1918 Pepi and Emil's daughter Minna married Phillip Feiden in New York City They had two sons, Barry and Elliott, the donor of this collection. Elliott Is a Corne 1 graduate and co-founder of the firm of Throop and Feiden, Consulting Engineers a we 1 known and highly respected structural engineering firm in existence in New York City for nearly fifty years Barrv, also a Cornell Graduate, ran "Emerson Books" until the late 1990 s. While the immigrants settled in the new world and became true Americans Pep. s siblings remained in Poland, Austria and Germany. They married had children and grandchildren and worked at various professions. Some were land owners eldest broth« Bernhard was a jewelry and diamond dealer as was his son who had married into a wealthy Belgian family. Sister Gusti Landau lived in Berlin and supported herself and her two children as a seamstress. When at the outbreak of World War 1 she lost all her customers because the army had requisitioned the fabrics, she went to the Prussian Anny and asked for work. They gave her a few thousand, precut breadbags (an army issue) to make She ran an ad in the Berlin newspapers; a hundred girls answered. She chose sixty of them and gave out homework until the job was done. Soon after the war, her daughter married a Polish lawyer and they had two children; her son remained m Berlin. He had to abandon his studies for lack of money and became an orthopedist for the well- known shoe house Leyser. The twenty's were difficult years in Europe with the deprivations from the war and later hyperinflation. Eventually most of the younger generation mamed and had hopes ot building a better future for themselves and their children until the Nazis came to power. They did not survive the Holocaust.